SPECIAL USE PERMITS
It is the policy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park to allow special events, filming and photography when and where possible, while adhering to the National Park Service mandate to "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (16 U.S.C. 1) In order to manage special events, filming and photography, a permit issued by the superintendent is required.
Permits are required for the following:
Generally, permits are not required for visitors using cameras for their own personal use while on public tours. Sound technicians, and film or video news crews at breaking news events do not require a film permit. However, breaking news events are subject to restrictions and conditions necessary to protect park resources and public health and safety, and to prevent impairment or derogation of park resources and values. Breaking news is an event that cannot be covered at any other time or place.
- Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
- Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
- Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
- Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS.
Federal procedures (31 USC 7701) require your social security number or tax identification number on the back of all checks or money orders accepted for deposit in the amount of $50.00 or more. You must supply your social security number or tax identification number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.
Your application must be received in sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff before the start date for your activity. Requests which involve complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require additional time to process. Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application.
Please be aware that the $ 50.00 application fee is non-refundable. If your request is approved, a permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent to the person designated on the application. Additional fees may be charged based on the size and complexity of your permit. An estimated fee schedule will be provided upon approval of the permit.
We recommend that you visit the park before submitting your application. If you have any questions about an event or activity, or to schedule a visit, please contact the Permit Coordinator.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Did You Know?
Thomas Edison had 1093 patents and one of them was a way to preserve fruits and vegetables. Patent 248,431, issued March 18, 1883. It wasn't just about phonographs, batteries, and movies.